Painting a Baseball Helmet: A Step by Step Guide (2021)

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Painting a helmet is a fun activity that gives your helmet a custom look.

Popular brands manufacture some baseball helmets with beautiful designs, but they can’t make one as per the design requirement of each and every player.

In that case, painting a helmet is a good idea because it’s not a difficult task, you can do it easily.

But, along with that, you also have to be careful because if you paint in a careless manner, it may ruin the look & feel of the helmet.

So, it’s important to be 100% attentive while painting a helmet.

Below, I’ve shared a step-by-step guide that clearly shares information on how you can customize the look of your baseball helmet.

Another thing that you need to understand is that these tips are equally helpful for painting a baseball helmet or any other type of helmet.

How to Paint a Baseball Helmet

So, let’s get started.

Things You’ll Need

There are a few things that will be required if you want to perfectly paint your helmet.

You can find a list of items that you will need in the process below. Make sure to grab all the things before starting the process.

  • Gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Grease & Wax Remover
  • Primer Paint
  • Base Color Paint
  • Clear Coat

Steps of Painting a Baseball Helmet

Step 1: Wear Gloves

Gloves for Painting Helmet

Before starting the process, it is important to wear gloves because hands can leave grease marks on the helmet in the process. Those little grease marks can ruin your design and paint.

Step 2: Use Sandpaper

The first thing that you have to do is to get rid of shiny areas on your helmet. The paint won’t stick on those glossy surfaces. Although it might seem to stick at first, it will eventually chip off and will not last for a longer duration.

You need to use sandpaper to make the surface a little rough so that the paint can easily adhere to the surface. Wherever you plan on painting, make sure to sand it off first to give you a rough texture to start with.

Step 3: Use Grease or Wax Remover

To clean off dust or wax from the surface of the helmet, use grease or wax remover. If you don’t have grease remover,  you can also try a glass cleaner.

Step 4: Use Masking Tape

Masking Tape for painting helmet

You need to mask off anything that you don’t want to paint like the inner side of the helmet, vents, holes, bolts, etc. to protect these areas.

The masking tape can also be used to create two or more color designs on your helmet.

For that, create a pattern on your helmet, and mask off a particular area to protect it from getting painted by a different color.

Step 5: Use a Paint Primer

The undercoat or primer paint is a preparatory coating that is put before the painting. The primer is used because it ensures that paint sticks on the surface. Along with that, it also helps to increase the longevity of the paint and provide some protection to the materials that are being painted.

Therefore, to improve the durability and adhesion of the paint, use a paint primer first.

After applying the paint primer, make sure to let it fully dry first before moving on to the next step.

Step 6: Use of Base Color

Baseball Helmet Color

Now, it’s time to use your chosen base color. It is the color that you want to use on your helmet.

Choose your favorite color or your favorite MLB team‘s uniform color and do at least three coats on your helmet for maximum opacity.

Before moving to the next step, it is very important to let the paint dry completely.

Step 7: Creating Patterns on your Helmet

If you want to create a pattern or design, you can use masking tape for that purpose.

Use the masking tape on a particular area of the helmet, and then use a different color to paint the remaining surface.

Step 8: Apply Clear Coat

After painting your helmet with your base colors, apply 3 or 4 layers of clear coat on the helmet.

Using a clear coat will enhance the depth of the paint, and reduces the requirement for buffing.

After putting the final layer, let the helmet dry completely which can take up to 24 hours.

Step 9: Unmasking the Helmet

When you’re finished painting your helmet and it’s completely dry, you can now carefully remove the tape.

After removing it, clean the surface that was covered with masking tape to remove any dust or debris.

The Final Result

After doing all these above-mentioned steps, you’ll get a baseball helmet that’ll have a customized design.

A good-looking helmet with your favorite colors will give you a feel of a professional player, and you’ll love to use it on the field. Aside from painting a helmet, you can also paint your baseball bat and ball.

If you have any questions regarding the painting of a helmet, just put them in the comment section. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

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Vijay Singh
I started playing Baseball when I was 13 years old. I never made to MLB or any big league, but played enough to share some knowledge.

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